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After August : blues, August Wilson, and American drama

Author: Patrick Maley
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After August argues that August Wilson was foremost a bluesman working in drama, and that recognizing his blues techniques reveals American drama's fascination with the process of defining the self in collaboration with community. The book reads Wilson's Century Cycle plays alongside the cultural history of blues music, as well as the work of Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Katori Hall, Lynn Nottage, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maley, Patrick, 1981- author.
After August
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018059205
Named Person: August Wilson; August Wilson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Maley
ISBN: 9780813942995 0813942993 9780813943008 0813943000
OCLC Number: 1079400733
Description: xi, 235 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: identity, performance, and the American dramatic tradition --
Part I. Blues dramaturgy. Blues and the social human --
"I am the blues": August Wilson as bluesman --
August Wilson's blues --
Part II. Performance, identity, and reimagining American drama. "God a'mighty, I be lonesomer'n ever!": Eugene O'Neill's aesthetic of whiteness --
"Laws of silence don't work": Tennessee Williams and the problem of sexualized masculinity --
August Wilson's legacy and its limits: worrying the line in Katori Hall and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Responsibility: Patrick Maley.

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"After August argues that August Wilson was foremost a bluesman working in drama, and that recognizing his blues techniques reveals American drama's fascination with the process of defining the self in collaboration with community. The book reads Wilson's Century Cycle plays alongside the cultural history of blues music, as well as the work of Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Katori Hall, Lynn Nottage, and Suzan-Lori Parks, examining these dramatists' efforts to establish a sustainable identity for the self within social terrain that is often oppressive of racial, gendered, and sexual identity"--

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This book is startlingly innovative. Patrick Maley is the only American drama scholar I know of with such a deep understanding of blues history and the blues aesthetic.--Patricia R. Schroeder, Read more...

 
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